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“Tough to Get To”
Review of Great Point Light

Great Point Light
Ranked #1 of 60 things to do in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Towering more than 60 feet, this historic lighthouse was established in 1784, destroyed in 1984 and rebuilt in 1986. Located on the Coskata Coatue Wildlife Refuge. You can get a tour of the lighthouse if you join one of the Trustees of Reservations guided natural history tours depending on the time of year and access to the lighthouse. Beach access is limited during storms and high tides. Always check the local Great Point tides and never drive through water!
Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

What makes the Great Point lighthouse a challenge isn’t the driving on the beach to get to it (although stopping to buy the $45 permit and to let the air out of your tires is time consuming), it’s the fact that you can’t drive all the way to it. The park has closed off the last 2 miles to jeeps, forcing you to proceed on foot. It’s beautiful (and windier than the rest of the island), but a bit of a hike.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Diane L, Manager at Great Point Light, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2018

Hi-It is a 2 mile round trip hike! You pass by the nesting birds on your hike and see the many small chicks that have just hatched out. Good for you to make the trek!

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Reviewed June 27, 2018

Seasonal trips . The area is protected. When local birds are nesting you cannot enter this area. We were able too, June 20th, 2018

Date of experience: June 2018
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Diane L, Manager at Great Point Light, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2018

Glad you had a chance to drive out! We have over 2 miles of beach open for vehicles, and walking the last mile along the Atlantic shoreline is very popular. Seals are usually around, when it is warm they tend to stay in the water. The birds are now hatching out in the tern colony and it is possible to see the fuzzy chicks on the beach. Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

make the time to go out with the trustee's or rent a 4 wheeler and go exploring yourself the natural splendor that is Nantucket. Make the most of it rent fishing rods, pack a picnic and go for the day stopping at Cotue before heading out to the point. Great fishing off the rip off the paint as well as the beachside heading up. Mid July through late August catch snipers and Bluefish. The natural beauty that brought our ancestors here is still evident and surreal.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Diane L, Manager at Great Point Light, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2018

I agree that the beauty on the refuge is surreal! Fishing is picking up and the blues are in! Bass fishing has been spectacular all season. We are considering adding some fishing trips this fall, world class fishing at its best! See you on the beach!

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Beautiful photos in the winter after a snowfall. Lovely 2 person travel destination and right near downtown

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Zachary W
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Diane L, Manager at Great Point Light, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2018

Hi Zachary- I suspect that you may have been at Brant Point Lighthouse, which is a very accessible lighthouse to get to from downtown.

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Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic day! Barry, a staff member of The Trustees, provided our party with an informative tour of the lighthouse and the refuge. The Trustees’ van was well appointed, clean & comfortable. Barry stopped several times along the beach to point out interesting wild life, allowing us time to ask questions. Once at the lighthouse, Barry welcomed us to climb the stairs to the top to take in the magnificent views. If you’re on Nantucket, leave the driving to a pro! Sit back, relax and enjoy! Here’s how I found them. Nantucket@thetrustees.org

Date of experience: May 2018
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Diane L, Manager at Great Point Light, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2018

I am so glad that you came out on our tour! We hope to see you again soon! This season our gatehouse will be selling a new lighthouse tshirt!

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